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Vetteman

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Looking for a single or two hole biplane, not a Pitts. Acro sport, starduster, skybolt. Something flying, not a project. Thanks.
 

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If you want a flying cheap biplane, a friend has a Starduster 1. It does what it does well; it will not get you a date.
 

Vetteman

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I think the Pitts might be too much for me to handle, and at 6ft and 230 I probably won't fit.
 

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You've really narrowed the field and eliminated some good airplanes.
 

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You need to 1) sit in a Pitts and 2) fly one before dismissing it. I'm around 6'5" and was about 210 when I flew an S-1 in competition. It wasn't comfortable but it would have been if I was 5" shorter.
 

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I think the Pitts might be too much for me to handle, and at 6ft and 230 I probably won't fit.
You should fit. I can't imagine another single seat bipe with a cockpit significantly larger than a non-short fuse S-1. I know some fellas bigger than you who fly these things. I'm 6'-4", 210 lbs.

Regarding being too much to handle, I think you've fallen victim to BS Pitts lore. If you're referring to ground handling, be aware that a Pitts S-1 can be made stupid easy and nearly pilot-proof with spring or rod gear and a locking tailwheel. It is an entirely different airplane with bungee gear and a leaf spring steerable tailwheel. There are multiple combinations of gear/tailwheel setup. In any case, if you'd truly be unable to learn to safely handle a Pitts, you should probably avoid the other airplanes you mention as well. I doubt this will be the case.

As far as handling in the air, a Pitts flies exactly like a J-3 Cub...but with more speed, climb, and roll rate. Stalls/spins just like a Cub. There is not a more honest and predictable airplane out there.

The Pitts is not the end-all, and buy what floats your boat, just don't dismiss it based on BS hangar tales told by those who never learned to fly one.
 

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You should consider a Hatz, does all what you want and lots of room in the cockpit.
 

beamanhf

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I have a Super Acro Sport 1 that I am finishing a ground up restoration. It has a certified Lycoming 0-320A2B with fresh top end. I am retiring and getting out of Aviation after 47 years. The aircraft was built for a Doctor and the airframe has about 300 hours flying time. I can send you pictures but I am still working on cowling and engine installation.
 

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The guy I bought my first S-2B from was a big swede. We'll over 6' and 230. A friend of mine has a Model 12 for sale. Roomy ride. PM for info.

Rich
 

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I felt guilty with the super pilot/Pitts thing after owning one as a relative low time pilot and mine had the bungee/leaf tail spring. It demanded attention but as grassroots says it was 100% honest. And also easy to sell a good one.
 

beamanhf

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Vetteman,
I see how to down load some pictures. This is when I was rigging the wings.
Frank

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plane2.jpg


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Dustin

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I have a beautiful Acrosport II with 330hrs on it.
Full canopy. IO 360/MT prop.
Full inverted systems
Very nice panel.
No damage history.
First flight 2002.
Parachute and helmet.
Flys weekly. Just completed annual.
Super meticulous maintenance/logs/records.
Just waxed it tonight to kill some time at the airport.
 

Dustin

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Another. I have many more.
Please let me know if you would like me to send them.

IMG_1170.jpg
 

cgzro

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Dustin was that you at Gatineau on Sunday?

Peter
 

Dustin

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Sure was! Had lunch with my Ultralight buddies.
Sounded like you were having fun!
 

cgzro

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Beautiful plane.

Yeah I have a low level waiver and permission to use the runway when its not busy. Hehe!
 

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